UN Security Council fails to condemn North Korea's missile test

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But he told the sailors, "as all of you know, readiness is the key". The new forum for trade talks was launched by U.S. President Donald Trump and Abe during the Japanese leader's visit to the U.S.in February. Both Japan and South Korea are home to tens of thousands of US troops.

Almost a month ago, the totalitarian nation released a fiery video with scenes including troops blowing up a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and bomber.

His comments come amid differing reports about the trajectory of a USA strike group in the region. "We are requesting to use the agreed language", Russian charge d'affaires Petr Iliichev said.

Pence also said the USA would protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been staking claim to disputed territory.

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North Korea's vice-foreign minister told the BBC Pyongyang would continue to test missiles and would launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike if it thought the U.S. was planning an attack.

In the event of a contingency on the Korean Peninsula, the Self-Defense Forces are expected to provide logistical support to the USA military.

USA fears their small strike may generate a big response from North Korea and that's making everyone sit tight right now. He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says he is "encouraged" by the Trump administration's interest so far in the multilateral lender's mission and its plans to harness more private capital for development finance.

Abe said that it was a "matter of paramount importance for us to seek diplomatic efforts as well peaceable settlements of the issue".

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That's right, Kim Jong-un is taking no prisoners and has warned Americans "Don't mess with us" on North Korean state media. There, a grand bargain could be reached in which the US addresses Kim's security concerns in return for him halting his push for nuclear bombs and missiles that can deliver them to North America. But it remains unclear what might come next.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un celebrated his grandfather's birthday on Sunday with a rousing concert that also featured a video simulation of a nuclear missile attack destroying what appears to be an unidentified American city. North Korea has launched at least eight confirmed missiles since the start of the year, and its rhetoric continues to be particularly hostile.

At the beginning of the meeting, Abe emphatically said: "Unlike the former administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, which pursued a policy of 'strategic patience, ' the administration of Donald Trump is trying to deal with the problem by thinking that all options are on the table".

Trump has said he's willing to make trade and economic concessions to China in return for its help with North Korea.

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There was also a warning to China regarding the South China Sea, where Beijing has built reefs and islets into fortified islands capable of hosting military assets to bolster its claim to sovereignty over the sea.

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